(The following post was written in Argentina by Diego Mitagstein, editor of Turf Diario and Revista Palermo Blanca in Argentina. Photos courtesy Turf Diario. )
BUENOS AIRES—Brazilian-bred horses made a wonderful 1-2 day of it in Buenos Aires in the G1 Gran Premio Carlos Pellegrini, South America’s most important race contested at San Isidro over very soft turf Saturday. Xin Xu Lin (Wondertross) claimed the title with an amazing run (see video below), taking the lead at the start and crossing the finish line with two lengths in front of Send Inthe Clowns (Know Heights), who came from behind in the stretch. Fuego e Hierro (Pure Prize) was third and was the best of the Argentinian horses.
Winner of the G1 Derby Paulista in his last race at Cidade Jardim in Sao Paulo in exact front-running fashion, Xin Xu Lin set solid fractions and in the final part of the race had the necessary energy to keep Send Inthe Clowns well held. The time was 2:31.20.
Bred by Haras Pirassununga, Xin Xu Lin is trained by Estanislau Petrochinski at Cidade Jardim and regular rider Antonio C. Correia da Silva was in the irons. Happier than ever, Petrochinski said: “This is the wonderful moment in my life as a trainer. I have the luck to win a long list of Grades ones in Brazil, but this is unforgettable. This horse is amazing, he can do anything he want.”
Xin Xu Lin will stay in Argentina now, but Jose Alves will become his new trainer. The point is to run in the G1 Gran Premio Asociacion Latinoamericana de Jockey Clubes e Hipodromos next March.
Also on the card was the G1 Gran Premio Joaquin S. de Anchorena over a mile, and it was a great victory for 6-year-old Inter Red, who beat San Livinus by 9 lenghts. It was his second Grade 1 race win in a row; in November he won the Gran Premio Joaquin V. Gonzalez.
The sprinter division also had a Grade 1 race on the card, the Gran Premio Felix de Alzaga Unzue. The winner was a surprise for most of the people at San Isidro: Claro Oscuro (Mutakddim), a very nice horse between 1100 and 1400 meters but never over the 1000 meters of the Unzue. His sire also stands at Hill ‘N’ Dale in Kentucky. Cannoniere (Bernstein) was second with Filoso Emperor (Emperor Jones) in third.